The Mighty Walzer ePUB Ê The Mighty PDF \

The Mighty Walzer ePUB Ê The Mighty PDF \

The Mighty Walzer [PDF / Epub] ❤ The Mighty Walzer ✅ Howard Jacobson – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition ofDr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion At sex he is From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the The Mighty PDF \ Collins Classic edition ofDr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion At sex he is not so adept, but with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis Team and stalwart of the Kardomah coffee bar, his game improves.


10 thoughts on “The Mighty Walzer

  1. Charlie Charlie says:

    I received The Mighty Walzer for early review and had a tough time getting into it It was well written, but just didn t capture my attention I was having flashbacks to all the novels I was assigned to read for English Literature critical analysis class You know, the ones that are shining examples of literature, grammar, sentence structure, tone, era, voice but some how manage to be the most boring books on the planet Yes, I could write a term paper on the book and can appreciate its literar I received The Mighty Walzer for early review and had a tough time getting into it It was well written, but just didn t capture my attention I was having flashbacks to all the novels I was assigned to read for English Literature critical analysis class You know, the ones that are shining examples of literature, grammar, sentence structure, tone, era, voice but some how manage to be the most boring books on the planet Yes, I could write a term paper on the book and can appreciate its literary worth, but that doesn t mean I enjoyed it as a source of entertainment On the front cover it notes that fans of Phillip Roth will presumably like this author s style I would agree Unfortunately, Phillip Roth does not excite me either There is some satire, but unless you understand Yiddish and British slang, this might make your eyes cross I think the comedic relief was lost of me due to my limited understanding of the language I discovered I m just not that interested in reading pages about ping pong facts, plays, moves or strategies couple with rambling accounts of growing up Jewish in Manchester I did put the book down, thinking that perhaps my mood would change on another day Maybe I just needed to be in aserious frame of mind to enjoy this read, but after pushing through another hundred pages, I was still rather bored and asleep


  2. Michael Bennett Michael Bennett says:

    The Mighty Walzer is a book about love, sex, and ping pong in Manchester written with Jacobson s witty wordplay, wry humour, and abundant energy An excellent, funny, engaging book I would recommend this to fans of early Philip Roth, some of John Irving, Peter Carey, or Gary Shteyngart Well worth a read especially if you liked any of his other work I would also recommend Kalooki Nights, and of course Booker winning The Finkler Question which, despite all the hullabaloo is not really a comic The Mighty Walzer is a book about love, sex, and ping pong in Manchester written with Jacobson s witty wordplay, wry humour, and abundant energy An excellent, funny, engaging book I would recommend this to fans of early Philip Roth, some of John Irving, Peter Carey, or Gary Shteyngart Well worth a read especially if you liked any of his other work I would also recommend Kalooki Nights, and of course Booker winning The Finkler Question which, despite all the hullabaloo is not really a comic novel at all, Jacobson just can t help being funny You should also see him read if you ever get the chance, as brilliant and funny in person as he is on the page


  3. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    This is a rollicking great novel brilliantly written and deserves a really great review not just one sentence Northern British Jews without much money trying to make it big in the world and succeeding in very small ways.


  4. Bookslut Bookslut says:

    This was different than I thought When I described this book to my husband, he said I feel like you ve been looking your whole life for this book, like it was made for you And I had to agree It was like the nerdy anthem that could become my theme song, a book devoted exclusively to ping pong I even dug through my library edition bookmarks collection to find the very nerdiest bookmark I owned to use while I read this book And then it turned out beof a coming of age story with ping po This was different than I thought When I described this book to my husband, he said I feel like you ve been looking your whole life for this book, like it was made for you And I had to agree It was like the nerdy anthem that could become my theme song, a book devoted exclusively to ping pong I even dug through my library edition bookmarks collection to find the very nerdiest bookmark I owned to use while I read this book And then it turned out beof a coming of age story with ping pong as a trope, which is sonot a book about ping pong It was a good book, very funny in parts, but just wasn t the anthem I was hoping for And it was very, very Jewish If you aren t very hip to Yiddish, you are going to have a hard time wading through this book, because it is stacked with Yiddish


  5. Vicki Vicki says:

    Howard Jacobson is a very funny man a British man who is Jewish, or vice versa, I suppose He has written this delightful, yet poignant, coming of age novel featuring Oliver Walzer as the protagonist and the narrator The Mighty Walzer is a nickname Oliver Walzer deprecatingly gives himself as he looks at his life from the far end of the experience He begins with a laugh outloud funny description of his parents and both the maternal and paternal sides of the family Both sides have very defini Howard Jacobson is a very funny man a British man who is Jewish, or vice versa, I suppose He has written this delightful, yet poignant, coming of age novel featuring Oliver Walzer as the protagonist and the narrator The Mighty Walzer is a nickname Oliver Walzer deprecatingly gives himself as he looks at his life from the far end of the experience He begins with a laugh outloud funny description of his parents and both the maternal and paternal sides of the family Both sides have very definite physical and psychological characteristics His description of his dad as a young man is absolutely hilarious, and allows him to illustrate the illusion of grandiosity that characterize the Walzer men.In Oliver s younger years his environment is dominated by females, since his dad is away at war As a result he is incredibly withdrawn and quiet, but as he grows a little older he unabashedly shares with his readers his secret life in the bathroom creating his own porn by cutting and pasting the faces of his female relatives into racy magazines he has acquired on the sly He is disgusted with himself in retrospect, but his description of this activity is, trust me, hilarious He channels a middle school age boy like nobody s business On the occasions when he is not in the locked bathroom he obsesses with developing his skills at ping pong, having found a ping pong ball in a nearby pond His paddle replacement in his formative years is his leatherette bound copy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde He has no table, no net just the wall, the ball, and his trusty book His skills improve remarkably, but he is too shy to play with others til his dad takes him to the Jewish social center Awkwardly, he makes friends with the other fringe dwelling boys who find their outlet in ping pong.There are so many Yiddish words that one is tempted to get a Yiddish English dictionary, except for the fact that the context clues are very helpful in translation This book is funny to an English speaking gentileI can only imagine how side splitting it must be to the Yiddish speaking Jew This book was published first over 10 years ago in Great Britain, but since Mr Jacobson won the Man Booker prize in literature in 2010 for arecent novel, The Finkler Question, his books are finding new life and a new audience in the United States.If you are in the mood for a funny coming of age novel set in Manchester England in the 1950 s, or perhaps looking forward to reading ping pong strategy, skills, competition and equipment discussed by an author who knows his stuff, this just might be the book for you Jacobson is an excellent and entertaining writer


  6. Bettie Bettie says:

    BABTNever fancied this author for some reason however R4 is flinging us this so I ll give it a go.BBC blurb From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion.At sex he is not so natural, being shy and frightened of women But with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves And while the Ak BABTNever fancied this author for some reason however R4 is flinging us this so I ll give it a go.BBC blurb From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural at ping pong Even with his improvised bat the Collins Classic edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he can chop, flick, half volley like a champion.At sex he is not so natural, being shy and frightened of women But with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves And while the Akiva boys teach him everything he needs to know about ping pong, his father Joel Walzer teaches him everything there is to know about swag.Unabashedly autobiographical, this is a hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man s coming of age in 1950 s Manchester. Howard Jacobson won the Mann Booker in 2010 for The Finkler Question , but this is his masterpiece hmmm begone pure shite Produced by Clive Brill A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4


  7. Rachel Pollock Rachel Pollock says:

    If you just told me what this book was about, I m not sure I would have thought that I was going to like it as much as I did After all, at this point I m pretty tired of coming of age stories And, I know exactly zilch about ping pong, and have exactly negative desire to learn Nevertheless, I loved this book Loved it I laughed out loud, not on every page, but often enough In fact, i am still laughing when I think of a few of the things in it that cracked me up Yet, the end almost made me c If you just told me what this book was about, I m not sure I would have thought that I was going to like it as much as I did After all, at this point I m pretty tired of coming of age stories And, I know exactly zilch about ping pong, and have exactly negative desire to learn Nevertheless, I loved this book Loved it I laughed out loud, not on every page, but often enough In fact, i am still laughing when I think of a few of the things in it that cracked me up Yet, the end almost made me cry As a result, because I am a sucker for the hilarious yet bittersweet, I pretty much now have an immense unrequited crush on Howard Jacobson


  8. Estelle Estelle says:

    Coming of age story of Oliver Walzer, descended from Jews who emigrated from Poland to Manchester and who eked out a living by their wits Oliver is shy as a young boy and comes out of his shell by becoming a ping pong player extraordinaire and befriending his teammates who teach him of life Narrated by Oliver who seems to always thwart himself, the bright star that refuses to shine in fact insures that it won t shine the story is laced with lots of Yiddish slang, a good bit of it not for Coming of age story of Oliver Walzer, descended from Jews who emigrated from Poland to Manchester and who eked out a living by their wits Oliver is shy as a young boy and comes out of his shell by becoming a ping pong player extraordinaire and befriending his teammates who teach him of life Narrated by Oliver who seems to always thwart himself, the bright star that refuses to shine in fact insures that it won t shine the story is laced with lots of Yiddish slang, a good bit of it not for polite company


  9. Anne Anne says:

    Really good, and the most superb ping pong novel that I have ever read Better than _Finkler_ but not as good as _Kalooki_, on the Jacobsen meter.


  10. Richard Block Richard Block says:

    Mighty Good BookHoward Jacobson s superb comedy is a chronicle of Oliver Walzer is really a coming of age set in Manchester England It is very Roth and very good You can see the amount of personal experience seeping through every character, incident and setting.There is no question that, along with the Finkler Question, this is one of Jacobson s finest books It leaves hisgentle works behind because of the granular savagery of the stories and the language There is a lot of Yiddish in it Mighty Good BookHoward Jacobson s superb comedy is a chronicle of Oliver Walzer is really a coming of age set in Manchester England It is very Roth and very good You can see the amount of personal experience seeping through every character, incident and setting.There is no question that, along with the Finkler Question, this is one of Jacobson s finest books It leaves hisgentle works behind because of the granular savagery of the stories and the language There is a lot of Yiddish in it, so the reader will have to be prepared It is not remotely PC and all thewelcome for that I would put this in the same place as Portnoy though not as good , Jewball and Hope A Tragedy I love the ping pong scenes worth reading for them.Enjoy


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